The Green Bay Packers will be down to 53 players by late Saturday afternoon, and while the majority of the roster has been set for weeks, there remains a few interesting battles – especially at running back and linebacker. Here’s the way a former scout would set the final roster if he were calling the shots:
QUARTERBACKS (3) – Aaron Rodgers, Brian Brohm and Matt Flynn.
“Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy aren't stubborn enough to go with the two rookies behind Rodgers, are they? If they are, Flynn may have won the No. 2 job on Thursday."
RUNNING BACKS (6) - Ryan Grant, Brandon Jackson, Noah Herron, Vernand Morency, Korey Hall and John Kuhn.
"There are three players fighting for one or two spots. I know Kregg Lumpkin has gotten a lot of press lately, but McCarthy really likes Herron and Morency. This will be a tough call."
TIGHT ENDS (2) - Donald Lee and Jermichael Finley.
“I don't think Tory Humphrey has done enough to earn the backup job. Joey Haynos outplayed Finley all summer, but he seems destined for the practice squad. There should be some decent veterans available after final cuts.”
WIDE RECEIVERS (5) - Donald Driver, Greg Jennings, James Jones, Ruvell Martin and Jordy Nelson.
“They could carry a sixth receiver if Jones isn't going to be ready for the opener against the Vikings. Brett Swain would probably be the choice, but would Thompson keep him over a better player at another position? I kind of doubt it."
OFFENSIVE LINEMEN (8) - Chad Clifton, Mark Tauscher, Daryn Colledge, Jason Spitz, Scott Wells, Josh Sitton, Tony Moll and Allen Barbre.
“Junius Coston isn't a bad guy to have around, but do the Packers really need a third center and a fifth guard? Breno Giacomini belongs on the practice squad. The ninth offensive lineman could come via a trade or the waiver wire.”
DEFENSIVE LINEMEN (10) - Aaron Kampman, Cullen Jenkins, Ryan Pickett, Johnny Jolly, Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, Michael Montgomery, Jason Hunter, Colin Cole, Daniel Muir and Jeremy Thompson.
"Thompson has done nothing in camp to earn a spot on the final roster, but he'll probably stick based on his draft status and his potential. Alfred Malone would be a more deserving choice.”
LINEBACKERS (7) - A.J. Hawk, Nick Barnett, Brady Poppinga, Brandon Chillar, Desmond Bishop, Abdul Hodge and Tracy White.
“It might be hard to justify keeping seven linebackers. If the numbers don't work out, Hodge could wind up being traded."
DEFENSIVE BACKS (9) - Al Harris, Charles Woodson, Nick Collins, Atari Bigby, Tramon Williams, Will Blackmon, Pat Lee, Jarrett Bush and Aaron Rouse.
“Charlie Peprah was playing well before he got hurt. It could come down to either Culver or Jarrett Bush. Culver had the better camp, but the coaches really like Bush's versatility."
SPECIALISTS (3) - Mason Crosby, Jon Ryan and J.J. Jansen.
“Jansen's knee injury against the Titans and his erratic snapping in the last two games could put his roster spot in jeopardy."
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